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August 6, 2013
Healthcare shippers, including pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device, equipment and diagnostics companies carefully select their transportation providers. Obviously, pricing, reputation, reliability, expertise and infrastructure have always played an important role in selection decisions.
March 18, 2013
Earlier this month I participated in the Partners for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) conference sponsored by FedEx and hosted by Direct Relief. Direct Relief is one of four major relief organizations with which FedEx works year round. They are the only NGO licensed to distribute pharmaceuticals in all 50 US States. Pharmaceutical companies donate product to them and they use the products to help a network of more than a thousand health clinics serve disadvantaged people across the US. They also provide medicines and medical supplies to NGOs around the world.
February 22, 2013
Whenever a shipment is transported in a complex network involving many transportation modes, outside temperatures cannot always be well controlled. The shipment is exposed to various climatic conditions on tarmacs and on loading docks. Temperature excursions affecting the quality and potentially spoiling temperature-sensitive healthcare products are a major concern.
April 19, 2012
Most pharmaceuticals need to be stored and transported in one of two temperature ranges: Controlled Room Temperature (15-25°C) or Cold / Refrigerated (2-8°C). Typically the sophistication of the molecules used in the drug and/or stability of it drives the need for tighter temperature control (i.e., more refrigeration).
April 17, 2012
Cold Chain is a term used to characterize temperature-controlled storage, distribution and transportation. The term can be misleading since it does not refer to “cold” temperatures in particular. Products that are sensitive to temperature variations, whether they be perishables such as fruits and vegetables or more sophisticated drugs and medical devices, are included in the term “cold chain”. However, cold chain is often more narrowly used in reference to temperature and time-sensitive high value healthcare products.
August 1, 2011
The FedEx strategy to better serve the needs of the healthcare industry were recently summed up in my blog, the “ABCs of HealthCare.” Broken down, it is the: